Affliction Warlock WoW PvP Guide | 6.2 Talents, Glyphs, Stats, Gear & Enchants

by Bigmoran // May 23, 2016

This guide will cover some of the most fundamental information for Affliction Warlocks in Arena.

Tier 1

Dark Regeneration is the strongest talent on the first tier. When used in conjunction with Healthstone, it is a powerful defensive tool for surviving enemy damage. This is due to Dark Regeneration increasing the healing received from Healthstone by 25%. This talent can be used to survive enemy damage in cases where your healer is not able to save you.

Tier 2

In most situations, Shadowfury is the best talent for the second tier. It is a versatile ability that can be used to chain CC, to peel, or to interrupt casts. It can be used to set up Fear casts on enemy healers by keeping the enemy player in place. When an interrupt isn’t available, it can be used to shut down enemy casts. This talent easily out performs Mortal Coil because of its ability to lock down multiple targets.

An alternative talent is Howl of Terror, which should be used almost exclusively while playing with Rogues. Because Rogue comps often rely on targets being off stun DR, Shadowfury isn’t the most optimal talent.

Tier 3

Affliction Warlocks rely heavily on their passive tankiness. Because of this, Soul Link is the best talent on the third tier. This talent offers a passive damage reduction and easily outperforms the other two options over the course of a long arena match. Sacrificial Pact and Dark Bargain rarely see play in 3v3 Arena and are generally only used in niche situations, such as in duels or in world PvP.

Tier 4

Unbound Will is the best talent on this tier against non-melee cleave teams. Having an additional CC break is really powerful in the current meta. Being able to break out of Polymorphs and Cyclones can allow you to peel for your teammates in high pressure situations.

Against teams with multiple melee DPS, Blood Horror can outperform Unbound Will. This is especially true if you are the kill target. In these situations, the HP loss from Unbound Will is too risky to warrant use.

Tier 5

Because of its raw damage increase and increased pet survivability, Grimoire of Supremacy is usually the best talent choice in this tier. Not only does this glyph cause your pets to deal more damage, it also empowers their special abilities (such as Spell Lock becoming Optical Blast).

Against teams that tend to do cleave damage to your pet, you should play with Grimoire of Sacrifice. This is especially true against other Affliction Warlocks, who will often keep DoTs rolling on all targets, including pets. Sacrifice allows you to benefit from your pet’s abilities without needing to have a pet summoned.

Tier 6

Archimonde’s Darkness is easily the strongest talent on this tier. Having two charges of your primary offensive cooldown opens up additional windows to build pressure and secure kills on enemy teams. This talent outperforms the other two options in a PvP setting.

Tier 7

For your last tier of talents, Soulburn: Haunt is really your only choice. It allows you to empower your damage over time effects on all targets, something which is extremely valuable for building spread pressure as an Affliction Warlock.

Standard Glyph Setup

Unlike most specs, Affliction Warlocks should never change their glyph setup. There is only one set of optimal glyphs that applies to every single matchup. The first is Glyph of Eternal Resolve. This glyph removes the ability to actively use Eternal Resolve as damage reduction and aura mastery, and instead grants 10% passive damage reduction. While this doesn’t seem like much, it pairs perfectly with Soul Link and contributes to your passive survivability. Glyph of Unstable Affliction is the second standard glyph for Affliction Warlocks. This glyph makes it significantly easier to cast Unstable Affliction by making it harder for the enemy to interrupt. The third and final standard glyph for Affliction Warlocks is Glyph of Soul Swap. This increases the duration that you can have DoTs inhaled. Doing so allows you to have cleaner swaps to targets over the course of an arena game.

The only necessary minor glyph for Affliction Warlocks is Glyph of Health Funnel. This glyph allows you to instantly heal your pet instead of needing to channel.

Stats

Your primary stat as an Affliction Warlock is Intellect. Intellect increases the damage done by all of your abilities.

Your important secondary stats are the following:

  • Haste – decreases the casting time on all spells, reduces the time in between DoT ticks, and lowers the GCD
  • Mastery – Mastery increases the damage done by Unstable Affliction, Agony, and Corruption.
  • Critical Strike – causes damaging abilities to hit for 150% of their normal healing or damage dealt
  • Multistrike – gives a chance to do extra damage for 30% of the total damage dealt by an ability.
  • Versatility – increases all healing and damage dealt and reduces damage taken

Your stat priority for Affliction Warlock is as follows:

Intellect > Haste > Mastery > Versatility > Multistrike > Critical Strike

Enchants and Gear

Helmet: Warmongering Gladiator’s Cowl of Cruelty
Neck: Warmongering Gladiator’s Pendant of Prowess
Shoulder: Warmongering Gladiator’s Felweave Amice
Back: Warmongering Gladiator’s Drape of Prowess
Chest: Warmongering Gladiator’s Robes of Prowess
Wrist: Warmongering Gladiator’s Cuffs of Prowess
Gloves: Warmongering Gladiator’s Felweave Handguards
Belt: Warmongering Gladiator’s Cord of Victory
Legs: Warmongering Gladiator’s Trousers of Cruelty
Boots: Warmongering Gladiator’s Treads of Cruelty
Ring 1: Warmongering Gladiator’s Band of Cruelty
Ring 2: Warmongering Gladiator’s Band of Prowess
Trinket 1*: Warmongering Gladiator’s Accolade of Dominance
Trinket 2: Warmongering Gladiator’s Insignia of Dominance
Weapon: Warmongering Gladiator’s Battle Staff

Neck Enchant: Gift of Haste
Ring Enchant: Gift of Haste
Cloak Enchant: Gift of Haste
Weapon Enchant: Mark of Warsong

RBG Basic Strategy Guide: Capture-the-Flag

by Bigmoran // April 15, 2016

This series of guides will cover some very basic strategy information for every RBG map. This is not intended to be an in-depth, step-by-step outline of every possible RBG situation, but rather it is a guide for players who are looking to get into rated battlegrounds with the intention of getting into a leadership position. This first guide will cover some basic information about Warsong Gulch and Twin Peaks.

RBG Target Calling

by Bigmoran // April 4, 2016

Though the meta has seemed to deviated from single target damage to more AoE centric damage profile, it is still important to know how to target call in RBGs. In this guide I will go over how to approach target calling, dismissing some common myths about what makes a good target caller and focusing on what target calling strategy you should employ in different situations.

Opinion: Could the Conquest Format Work in WoW?

by Bigmoran // March 30, 2016

I have never liked the word “esports.” In fact, I don’t like many words with the e- prefix: ecommerce, etrade, ebanking. While I recognize that there needs to be some way to distinguish the tangible brick-and-mortar type establishments in our society from the intangible mess of the internet, there is something so cheapening about this simple morpheme. The debate over what to call competitive video games is a bit foolish to me, but seeing the reaction from the establishment puts a smile on my face. Though I’m quite certain that my dad will never fully recognize or appreciate esports for what they truly are, namely a rigorous test of mechanical skill and mental prowess, it is certain that esports are here to stay.

World of Warcraft has had a bittersweet journey in the domain of esports. The earliest competitions date back to 2007 with the World Series of Video Games, where Pandemic Gaming (then coached by Vhell), competed against MOB Gaming in the clunkiest and most awkward series of 3v3 matches I have ever seen. The tournament format has seen plenty of iterations, and WoW esports have matured into a more organized structure. The most recent change to WoW tournaments was introduction of the four man roster, something which we saw played out at Blizzcon 2015. Whether or not this format is healthy for WoW esports has been questioned by some, but one thing is certain: WoW seems to be lacking the sort of footing that other games seem to have when it comes to delivering an enjoyable esports experience.

Ideal Comp for RBGs, Updated for Patch 6.2.4

by Bigmoran // March 25, 2016

It’s been a while since I last updated my top RBG comp. After realizing that my last update was in September, I think it’s time to reveal the best RBG comp in this current patch. Bear in mind that much of the “core” comp has remained the same. Rogues and Warlocks are still the backbone of any good RBG comp. That being said, I hope you can take away something useful from this guide.

Short Opinion: Pruning

by Bigmoran // March 23, 2016

Discussion on WoW Forums: http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/20742944716

Very rarely do PvP and PvE game design opinions converge. Often there is great disagreement between PvP and PvE players about what is healthy for the game, what makes for interesting class design, and what can be sustained for future expansions. Ability pruning is an exception. Players on both the PvP forums of fansites and on the PvE centric board of reddit’s /r/wow have expressed concern over the future of ability pruning and its role in class design.

Frost Mage WoW PvP Guide | 6.2 Talents, Glyphs, Stats, Gear & Enchants

by Noliferqt // March 14, 2016

This guide will cover some of the most fundamental information for Frost Mages in Arena.

Restoration Druid WoW PvP Guide | 6.2 Talents, Glyphs, Stats, Gear & Enchants

by Bigmoran // March 9, 2016

This guide will cover some of the most fundamental information for Restoration Druids in Arena.

Warrior WoW PvP Guide | 6.2 Talents, Glyphs, Stats, Gear & Enchants

by Joefernandes // February 25, 2016

This guide will cover all the supplemental information you need to know before even queuing an arena game. This article will explain optimal talents, glyphs, and gear and how to adjust these depending on individual matchups.

When to Trinket as a Healer

by Bigmoran // February 17, 2016

As a healer one of the most important skills in your toolkit is knowing when you should trinket CC. Mastering this skill is imperative for being successful in the current meta, where CD decisions must be precisely coordinated with your team. Having consistently bad trinkets can be extremely damaging to your ability to climb the ladder and find arena success.

 
Powered by Olark